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    According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse, Ohio is among the top five states with the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths. In 2016 alone, there were 3,613 opioid-related overdose deaths. That is a rate of 32.9 deaths per 100,000 people — more than double the national rate of 13.3.

     
    The issue is constantly evolving, but there have been great strides made in the Middletown area in the past 18 months. Opioid deaths fell 49% in 2018. This was the lowest rate of overdoses and overdose deaths on record since 2015. Although opioid use is still a significant problem for the are‚Äča, there are signs that the epidemic is beginning to level out.

     

    Recent gains can be attributed to cooperation and communication among treatment providers, first responders, and city officials. Sunrise Treatment Center opened an office in Middletown in April of 2018 and is currently providing treatment services to nearly 300 patients.  “We always knew that there was a great need for additional services in the Middletown area” says Dr. Jeffrey Bill, Founder and CEO at Sunrise. Dr. Bill goes on to say, “By working closely with City Manager Doug Adkins and Atrium Foundation President Mike Stautberg, we were able to find the right opportunity to get involved with the support of the community.”

     

    As Ohio and the Nation continues to lose thousands of lives and billions of dollars in economic activity to the epidemic, a multi-faceted approach is becoming the best tool we have at our disposal. The statistics are staggering, but we are making progress. Sunrise is proud to be working with local leaders in the Middletown community to do its part to continue the progress that’s being made in addressing this scourge of opioid addiction.